So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. - Nehemiah 4:6
Nehemiah had all the Israelites work together: first, on repairing the wall, then on protection, and, lastly, on caring for each other.
Repairing the wall. If you look at Nehemiah 3, you will see that the people were working together. Goldsmiths, perfume makers, priests, and even women, regardless of their skills, regardless of their abilities, were all coming together to do the work of God. As Christians, we should join together from every walk of life to work in our churches, our ministries, our life groups, and even our regions. And together we can support and serve our overseas missionaries as well.
Protection. In Nehemiah 4 we read about the Israelites protecting each other: “Neither I nor my brothers, nor my men, nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water” (Nehemiah 4:23). Nehemiah had the people protecting each other every day. The battle is ongoing; it doesn’t stop. Daily we need to check our armor. Daily we need to spend time with God. Daily we need to pray for our brothers and sisters, keeping accountable, watching each other’s backs. And remember, “Our God will fight for us” (Nehemiah 4:20).
Caring. Don’t take advantage of one another, but care for one another. Nehemiah in chapter 5 talks about how some of the people were taking advantage of others, even selling them back into slavery. Nehemiah rebuked the leaders doing so and had the situations made right. This reminds me of how we need to love and care for one another. Don’t take advantage of people or “lord it” over them. Instead Jesus gives us our example of serving one another, even laying down our lives.
Let’s work together.
Oakridge Community Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 7:25-40